Microsoft Acquires ZeniMax Studios, Parent Company of Bethesda

Microsoft has acquired ZeniMax Studios, parent company of Bethesda Studios.
Microsoft has acquired ZeniMax Studios, parent company of Bethesda Studios. / Photo courtesy of Microsoft

Microsoft has acquired ZeniMax Studios, parent company of Bethesda Studios. The deal was reportedly worth $7.5 billion and will bring a whole slew of games to the Microsoft family. It's unlikely the games will become exclusive as Minecraft developer Mojang is also owned by Microsoft, yet Minecraft is cross-platform.

This will mean games like The Elder Scrolls, Skyrim, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Prey, Quake, and Starfield will all find there way to Game Pass.

Microsoft expressed its excitement over the new deal, "Just as they took the bold first steps to bring The Elder Scrolls franchise to the original Xbox, Bethesda were early supporters of Xbox Game Pass, bringing their games to new audiences across devices and have been actively investing in new gaming technology like cloud streaming of games. We will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC."

By purchasing ZeniMax, Bethesda wasn't the only studio purchased. Microsoft will now own Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios with the deal, bringing Microsoft's owned studios from 15 to 23.

The news follows the price point reveal for the Xbox Series X which will release on Nov. 10 for $499.